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Encyclopedia > Mory's
(U.S. National Register of Historic Places)
Location: 306 York Street
New Haven, Connecticut
Architectural style(s): Federal
Added to NRHP: 2005-01-25
NRHP Reference#: 04001552

Mory's, known also as Mory's Temple Bar, is a private club adjacent to the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, founded in 1849 and housed in clubhouse that was originally a private home built sometime before 1817. The club's membership consists solely of those who have an affiliation with Yale, and the culture of both institutions is notoriously entangled. Several important traditions are maintained at Mory's that have deep resonance with certain Yale alumni and students. Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ... A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ... “Yale” redirects here. ... This article is about the city in Connecticut. ...




One of these is the ritualistic consumption of a so-called "Cup," in which a party of members gather to share alcoholic libations of assorted colors and constituents from large silver trophy cups that look like handled urns and are passed amongst the gathered company. The cups are ordered by color, and some are based on sparkling wines, while others are based on beer. There is an elaborate ritual, including at the completion of a cup a drinking song, associated with the tradition. Cups come in the following colors: Red, Gold, Purple, Blue, Green, and Velvet. There is a rumored "Black Cup," which supposedly can only be served to a sitting President of the United States, although George W. Bush is not known to have visited Mory's when he received his honorary degree from Yale University in 2001. George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... An honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum, not to be confused with an honors degree) is an academic degree awarded to an individual as a decoration, rather than as the result of matriculating and studying for several years. ... “Yale” redirects here. ...

When a member finds himself (or herself, as Mory's has welcomed women into its membership ranks since 1972, three years after Yale College, and only when faced with the loss of its liquor license) about to finish a Cup, he (or she) faces the decades-old challenge of "cleaning the cup" -- removing all moisture from the cup by using only one's own mouth and, to finish the job, hair. Friends to the left and right are at the ready with napkins to minimize drippage during this process. While the member is finishing, and to give that member extra time to "clean the cup," his or her friends are wont to chant the following Mory's Song, with the finishing member's name as the hero of the song:

It's [Name],
It's [Name],
It's [Name] that makes the world go 'round,
It's [Na-ame], It's [Na-me],
It's [Name] that makes the world go 'round,
It's [Name] that makes the world go 'ro-ou-ound,

Sing Hallelujah! Sing Hallelujah!
Put a nickel on the drum,
Save another drunken bum
Sing Hallelujah! Sing Hallelujah!
Put a nickel on the drum and you'll be saved.

I was h-a-p-p-y to be f-r-double-e
f-r-double-e to be s-a-v-e-d
s-a-v-e-d from the bonds of s-i-n
Glory glory Hallelujah hip hooray amen.

Sing Hallelujah! Sing Hallelujah!
Put a nickel on the drum,
Save another drunken bum
Sing Hallelujah! Sing Hallelujah!
Put a nicked on the drum and you'll be saved.

I was lying in the gutter,
I was covered up in beer,
Pretzels in my moustache,
I thought the end was near,
Then along came [Name]!
And saved me from my curse,
Glory glory Hallelujah sing another verse!

Sing Hallelujah! Sing Hallelujah!
Put a nickel on the drum,
Save another drunken bum
Sing Hallelujah! Sing Hallelujah!
Put a nickel on the drum and you'll be sa-aa-aved.

At the conclusion of the Mory's Song, the member slams the trophy cup, upside down, on top of a cloth (or, more challenging, paper) napkin, whereupon three friends slam their respective hands atop the base of the cup. The cup is then whisked away, and the napkin is inspected for any signs of moisture. In decades past, if the napkin were wet, then the finishing member would be forced to pay for the cup; if the napkin were dry, the member to the finishing member's right -- who himself chose to forego finishing the cup -- would have to pay. In these more egalitarian times, most toasting parties split the bill evening amongst members, regardless of who finishes or doesn't finish a cup.

The Whiffenpoofs

The Whiffenpoofs, the college's male a cappella group, sings weekly most Monday evenings in the dining areas of the club. They often perform the famous Whiffenpoof Song which mentions Mory's as the "place where Louis dwells." It was through this song, which was sung and recorded by the likes of Rudy Vallee, Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley, that the Club became part of the national consciousness in the early part of the twentieth century. Established in 1909, the Whiffenpoofs are an all-male vocal ensemble at Yale University, and the oldest collegiate singing group in the nation. ...

Debating Societies

The Conservative Party has adjourned debates to Mory's Temple Bar since the early 1900s, "as is traditional." As tradition would have it, however, Mory's closes for the evening long before most Political Union sessions have concluded. Over the course of the last two decades, other parties of (the Yale Political Union) have picked up the tradition of dining at Mory's, though, and most hold toasting sessions there as often as two or three times each semester. Current and past Club members include John Kerry, William Jefferson Clinton, George H. W. Bush, Gerald Ford, John R. Bolton, George Pataki, Joe Lieberman, the late John Heinz, and the late Paul Mellon. This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ... Order: 42nd President Term of Office: January 20, 1993–January 20, 2001 Preceded by: George H. W. Bush Succeeded by: George W. Bush Date of birth: August 19, 1946 Place of birth: Hope, Arkansas Date of death: Place of death: First Lady: Hillary Rodham Clinton Political party: Democratic Vice... George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) was the 41st President of the United States, serving from 1989 to 1993. ... For other persons named Gerald Ford, see Gerald Ford (disambiguation). ... John Robert Bolton (born November 20, 1948), is an jewish American diplomat in several Republican administrations, who served as the Permanent US Representative to the UN from August 2005 until December 2006, on a recess appointment. ... George Elmer Pataki (born June 24, 1945) is an American politician who was the 57th Governor of New York serving from January 1995 until January 1, 2007. ... Joseph Isadore Joe Lieberman (born February 24, 1942) is an American politician from Connecticut. ... John Heinz Henry John Heinz III (October 23, 1938–April 4, 1991), an American politician from Pennsylvania, was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives (1971–1977) and the United States Senate (1977–1991). ... Paul Mellon KBE (11 June 1907 – 1 February 1999) was an American philanthropist and Thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder who is one of the only four people ever designated Exemplars of Racing by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. ...


Mory's is not only a highly regarded drinking establishment, it also serves a full menu six days a week (Monday through Saturday). The Mory's menu is studded with dishes of some age and popularity. The most interesting is the so-called "Baker's Soup," a tomato-curry concoction, which is said to have been invented by an eponymous professor ("Baker") to cure the hang-over. The "rarebits" are also of abiding popularity, as are more "modern" items, such as the french dip and Vichyssoise, and the mud pie for dessert. Although the food has been, through the years, thought by some to be mediocre, the general opinion now is that much has beend done recently to improve the situation. The current menu boasts some excellent new dishes along with the old favorites.


  • Norris G. Osborn, "The Moriartys of Yale," New Haven, Yale, 1912.
  • George D. Vaill, "Mory’s: A Brief History," New Haven, 1977.
  • Article about Mory's in Arts & Ideas

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